As the second wave of Covid-19 has been ravaging India, authorities have placed strict restrictions on citizens. Many states have gone on to impose lockdowns. while the lockdown dictates that people (barring essential services) should stay indoors, the Kerala Government has allotted the provision for getting an e-pass for people who would want to go out for valid reasons. Authorities receive thousands of e-pass requests every day. The police grant the request only if the pass states a valid reason. It is against this backdrop that Kerala Police received a strange e-pass request that stated – “need to go for sex”.
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A resident from Kannur’s Kannapuram applied for an e-pass in order to go out for “sex”. Local news outlets reported that the man wished to visit Kannur in the evening. This request surprised the police; so much so that even the Assistant Commissioner of Police was notified about this incident. The authorities asked the Valapattanam police to locate the individual and bring in him for questioning.
When asked about the reason mentioned in the application, the individual said that he had made a typo while submitting the request. Apparently, he wanted to type “six o’clock” and not “sex”. He went on to apologise for the inconvenience caused. His apology was accepted and was released. The police went on to instruct him not to apply for an e-pass for non-essential purposes.
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In other news, Kerala’s Triple lockdown strategy will hopefully curb the spread of the virus. Grassroot mobilisation will play an important role in bringing a systemic change to fight against the pandemic. The Kerala Government has teamed up with representatives of local bodies to help those in need. Right from supplying volunteers to conduct day-to-day activities to setting up ward-level monitoring committees, the local bodies will be helming the services free of cost.